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Stroke Services

St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Top Tier of U.S. Hospitals Treating Strokes

Bryan, TX (September 4, 2012)
-  St. Joseph Regional Health Center has received the American Stroke Association's (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  This is currently the highest level of recognition the American Stroke Association designates and recognizes St. Joseph's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stoke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, St. Joseph achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two years and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates St. Joseph Regional Health Center's commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care," said Odette Bolano, CEO of St. Joseph Health System.  "We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,"

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the "teachable moment," the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals' guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.


  • St. Joseph developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the ER. The hospital aggressively uses clot-busting drugs when appropriate, has neurologists available for patient evaluations and is equipped to provide brain scans.
  • Hospitals who achieve this designation have aggressively treated stroke patients with 85% or higher adherence to the ASA's quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and at least 75% compliance with six of 10 quality measures.


  • Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events.


  • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, dies of stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
  • In 2010, St. Joseph Regional treated 432 stroke patients.


  • St. Joseph Health System is a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system.
  • St. Joseph Regional Health Center (SJRHC) is comprised of a 253-bed hospital in Bryan and a stand-alone Emergency Room in College Station.
  • SJRHC was the region's first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. To become certified, the Joint Commission requires hospitals to organize a multidisciplinary stroke team to coordinate care among first responders, emergency room staff, physicians, diagnostic staff, rehabilitation staff and other health providers who care for stroke patients.
  • In 2011, HealthGrades rated St. Joseph among the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation for treatment of Stroke.
  • In 2010 and 2011, SJRHC's orthopedic services were rated #1 in the state and among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation.
  • The St. Joseph Health System includes over 30 locations across the Brazos Valley. Major clinical specialties include orthopedics, neurosciences, cardiac, oncology and maternal/child care services.



The Stroke Program at St. Joseph Regional Health Center is a JCAHO-approved Primary Stroke Center and was the first advanced stroke program of its kind in the Brazos Valley. Eligible patients can be treated up to 8 hours from the onset of their stroke symptoms.

A highly-trained team of specialists that includes neurology, neurosurgery, interventional neurosurgery, and neuroradiology work together to provide timely and safe treatment of stroke patients. Some of the therapies administered include tPA, MERCI retrieval, and angioplasty. Stereotactic radiosurgery is used for appropriate conditions.

Diagnostic capabilities include MRI and MRA, conventional (digital subtraction) angiography, CT angiography of head and neck vessels, extracranial duplex ultrasonongraphy, transesophageal echocardiography and comprehensive thrombosis testing.



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